"Limit his tendencies"?
Surely the best way to "limit the tendencies" of an unmitigated thug like Battistelli would be to sack him.
Or do such remedial measures only apply to we peasants?
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) has rapped its rampaging president on the knuckles at a two-day meeting in Munich but failed to take any public action against him despite pleas from staff. Benoit Battistelli has been under increasing fire in recent weeks after he ignored a previous order from the …
"the decision to move the BoA to Haar passed by 21 votes to seven, with another seven countries abstaining. Commentators have noted that the nations that voted in favor are the same ones that repeatedly block efforts to admonish or fire Battistelli. Most represent Europe's smaller economies."
I feel there is some comment missing in this story -
Is there any reason for smaller economies to protect Battistelli?
This seems a bit like Sepp Blatter remaining President of Fifa for so long because the smaller Fifa nations didn't want to oust him. In that case it was because Blatter kept the gravy flowing to them.
What I can't work out is what motivation small European economies have to keep Battistelli, this is just a Patent Office - does he provide smaller nations with something that they are worried will be stopped if he is removed?
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